|Martha Ackelsberg 13September2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Martha Ackelberg’s family history pours out of her in meticulous detail as she explains that her maternal grandmother was born in the United States, her maternal grandfather was from Galicia, and her paternal grandfather was from the Ukraine. She explains how Daniel Mendelsohn’s book “The Lost” prompted the emergence of her family’s history, leaving her able to share what she does at the start of the interview...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; feminist; feminism; Amherst; Northampton; MA; Massachusetts; Camp Ramah
|Penina Glazer 16june2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Penina Glazer - long-time board member at the Yiddish Book Center and professor emerita of History at Hampshire College - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 16, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Penina begins by speaking about her family's life in Eastern Europe and their journey to the United States. Her mother, from Belarus, was the daughter of a shoykhet (kosher butcher). Penina tells the story of how her grandfather became a shoykhet by convincing the rabbonim (local ra...
Keywords: Brooklyn; Zionism; 1930s; Depression; Aliyah; Farms; Kibbutz; Co-op; New Jersey; New Deal; Homesteads; shokhet; yiddishkeit; Hampshire College; women in Academia; Northampton; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Ilan Stavans 31May2013 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Chad)|
Ilan Stavans, academic and writer, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on May 31, 2013 in Amherst, MA. Ilan Stavans is an Amherst College professor, a public intellectual, writer, and friend of the Yiddish Book Center. His family came from Poland and Ukraine. His grandparents emigrated from there to Mexico, where Ilan grew up. He goes into his identity struggles; learning to speak Yiddish and Spanish, and not feeling 100% sure of how to be Mexican and Jewish...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Literature; Career and Professional Life; Education; United States; Latin America; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission; Anti-Semitism; Jewish community; Travel; Mexico City; Mexico; Israel; United States; Nowe Brodno; Poland; Frida Kahlo; Irving Howe; Barry Muser; Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Mario Vargas Llosa; Bitakhon; Yiddishe Shule; Congregation B'nai Israel; Northampton; Massachusetts; Amherst College; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s; 2010s; Bund; conservative movement; Universidad Autonoma de Mexico; Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana; Xochimilco